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Rethinking Linguistics Diachronically

Joseph H. Greenberg
Language
Vol. 55, No. 2 (Jun., 1979), pp. 275-290
DOI: 10.2307/412585
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/412585
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Abstract

Recent times have seen a marked growth of interest in historical linguistics, as well as an increased role for diachronic factors within synchronic theory. This suggests that a fundamental re-assessment of the relationship between synchrony and diachrony in linguistic theory is in order, particularly with regard to its role in linguistic explanation. A number of ways are indicated in which diachronic factors enter at various levels as integral and at least equal partners in the over-all explanatory structure of linguistic science.

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